Full Circle in Flores

Katharina Paba is one of the only weavers in Bajawa, central Flores, able to make the ceremonial beaded Lawo Butu textiles used by a female clan elder in the inauguration ceremonies for a clan [...]

Nostalgic in Sumba

It has been 11 years since the last time I was in Sumba. As a Balinese mother, it is always hard to leave the house, the family and the obligations to my community, so Iluh and I were very happy [...]

Return to Sight, Lembata Island

What a miracle that someone living in such a remote place as Lembata Island, who was blind from cataracts for three years, can be treated and returned to sight! Kristina is a master weaver and [...]

In a Lather over Candlenut Oil

In late July, I was in central Flores, near the town of Ende, with Pung and Wayan from our dye team and Professor Tony Cunningham from Murdock University in Perth, Australia. We were with [...]

Remote Sulawesi, June 2017

The trip to Sulawesi is perhaps one of our hardest. To reach the weaving communities with whom we work in the Toraja-Mangki region requires some four days of travel by plane, bus, car, motorbike, [...]

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